Feminine Fusion

Feb 16-22, 2019: Leading the Way, Part 2

Compoer Kenneth Fuchs and Conductor JoAnn Falletta won the 2019 GRAMMY for Best Classical Compendium

Composer Kenneth Fuchs and Conductor JoAnn Falletta won the 2019 GRAMMY for Best Classical Compendium

“I’ve been a woman for a little over 50 years and have gotten over my initial astonishment.  As for conducting an orchestra, that’s a job where I don’t think sex plays much part.”  – Nadia Boulanger

 

The conductor’s podium is still struggling with the preconceived notion that a conductor should be a man.  The women on today’s program are turning that notion on its head.  Here are some marvelous performances from women Leading the Way from the podium.

 

Leading the Way, Part 2

Charles Gounod:  Salut! Demeure chaste et pure (from Faust)
Speranza Scappucci, conductor
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Saimir Pirgu, tenor
“Il Mio Canto”
Opus Arte 9041D

António Pinho Vargas:  Requiem (excerpts)
Joana Carneiro, conductor
Gubelnkian Foundation Orchestra and Chorus
“António Pinho Vargas: Requiem, Judas”
Naxos 8573277

Alban Berg:  Lulu (excerpts)
Barbara Hannigan, conductor/soprano
Ludwig Orchestra
“Crazy Girl Crazy”
Alpha Classical 293

Dmitri Shostakovich:  Nocturne (from the Gadfly Suite)
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello
“Inspiration”
Decca 28948329489

Kenneth Fuchs:  Piano Concerto
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra; Jeffrey Biegel, piano
“American Classics: Kenneth Fuchs”
Naxos 8559824

 

 

Run time:  58:30

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.

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